The National Agency for Food, Drug, Administration and Control, NAFDAC, on Tuesday warned traders in Abia against selling banned products.
Gabriel Ezeaguba, the Chief Regulatory Officer in Aba Special Zone of NAFDAC, gave the warning in an interview in Aba.
He said the agency would intensify public enlightenment campaigns to sensitise the traders against selling unwholesome products.
Mr. Ezeaguba said that the agency would carry out massive campaigns in markets in Aba and environs with a view to seizing such items and arresting defaulters. He said that more consumer safety clubs would be established in secondary schools in the state this year and National Youth Service Corps members would be deployed to achieve the objective.
“We are winning the war against unwholesome goods in Aba. That is our mandate and we are doing just that, some traders are cooperating, while we are still getting some resistance from others,’’ he said.
The NAFDAC boss, however, said that members of the public were not helping the agency with adequate information in the bid to check nefarious activities of dubious traders.
“The problem here is there is still much resistance on the side of the populace. People are not coming up with information and sometimes when it comes to places like markets you also have a lot resistance.
“The people you are trying to help don’t even know what you are doing so, there is a lot of resistance. I think we need more enlightenment campaigns, we have been doing it, but by the grace of God, we are going to intensify it. I know that if the public is adequately sensitised, they can get more enlightened, so that the job will become easier,” he said.
Mr. Ezeaguba said that the agency would require the services of Youth Corps members in seminars and workshops for the traders and the safety consumer clubs in secondary schools.
“We are going to use them more to ensure that everywhere people will get to know about what we are doing,’’ he said.
He attributed the agency’s success to the various sensitisation campaigns carried out in Aba over the years.
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